Kosovo PM Thaci to be investigated on Marty Report allegations

Dick-HashimPRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo media widely covered the intention of the European Union (EU) to investigate accusations of the Dick Marty Report. The Council of Europe Ra- pporteur, Senator Dick Marty, in his report from December 2010 claims that members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the time from 1998 to 2000 were involved in organ trading and organized crime. A special focus is given on the so called Drenica Group of the former KLA commander, current Kosovo Prime Minister and Head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Hashim Thaci. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo Highway: ‘Vetevendosje’ published Contract

Highway to hell?PRISTINA, Kosovo — The confidential motorway contract between the Kosovo Government and the American-Turkish consortium of the construction enter-prises Bechtel and Enka was made public by Kosovo’s oppositional Move-  ment for Self-Determination ‘Vete-vendosje’. As to Kosovar media, leading officials of ‘Vetevendosje’ claimed that in contrary to government announcements of 700 million euro costs for the highway, the contract doesn’t specify a final amount. Vetevendosje member Shpend Ahmeti stated that according to the contract the Government of Kosovo carries all risks.

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Kosovo-Albania Energy Transmission

Dirk.NiebelPRISTINA, Kosovo — The construction of an energy transmission line of 400 kV between Kosovo and Albania has been launched in the Kosovar municipality of Kastriot by Kosovo Prime Minister Thaçi and the German Minister for Economic Cooperation Dirk Niebel. Reportedly this project is financed by the German government and its development bank KfW. The transmission line costs 75.5m euro and is said to be one of the biggest energy projects since the administrative secession of Kosovo from Serbia in 1999. Minister Niebel’s visit to Kosovo was part of his tour through several Balkan countries.

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Kosovo freedom of press limited

Edward.P.JosephPRISTINA, Kosovo — The freedom of press and media in Kosovo remains limited. This is the outcome of the yearly Freedom House evaluation. The independent organization Freedom House observes and "identifies the greatest threats to independent media in 196 countries and territories." In order to compare the state of media freedom, the organization developed a scale from 0-100: countries within 0-30 points are considered as providing a free press environment. Grades of 31-60 indicate a limited or partly free press, whereas a range of 61-100 shows countries without free media (so less points means more freedom). For Kosovo the results are alarming:

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“Serbia lost Kosovo deservedly”

Milan MarinkovicOn the political web-portal openDemocracy, the Serbian columnist and analyst Milan Marinkovic published an article titled “Serbia and Kosovo: war of nerves”: “… why does Serbia not respect its neighbour – Kosovo?” the author asks. Against the current Serbian mainstream, he complains that “Serbia stub-bornly refuses to accept the reality of the situation, as well as its own responsibility …”. And even more clear Marinkovic states, “… from a political or ethical viewpoint, Serbia lost Kosovo deservedly. …"

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Kosovo: EULEX faces abuse accusations

EULEXPRISTINA (PRISHTINA) – Kosovo ++ EULEX spokesperson Alexandra George confirmed information from Kosovo Media about EULEX internal investigations: Reportedly a high ranked EULEX official is accused to have continuously abused local staff members. “An internal investigation has been launched and the results are expected very soon”, spokesperson George announced, saying the case is taken very seriously. According to EULEX one person was suspended and three further persons were transferred to new duties. Seemingly all concerned persons belonged to an EULEX security unit.

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Pacolli respects Court’s ruling + protest against arrests + War Victims +

Fatmire-Feka-When the war in Kosovo started in 99, my family fled, our house was burned down and our community was attacked by Serb military forces. Our family was split up and my brother Sami ...PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ “It is good that we have the Constitutional Court and I … will respect its decision” Pacolli said after the Court ruled that the election of the President of the Republic of Kosovo was unconstitutional ++ seemingly on Friday or on Monday next week the Assembly of Kosovo will hold a session to vote for the President of Kosovo ++ The War Veteran associations, the Assembly of students of the University of Pristina, and the NGOs network “Democracy in Action” protested yesterday in Pristina against the latest arrests of former Kosovo Liberation Army members and the arrest warrant issued against MP Fatmir Limaj ++ Between 24 March and 22 June 1999, an estimated 10,356 ethnic Albanians were killed in Kosovo during the wars in former Yugoslavia – according to victims data recently published by The Hague Tribunal – with an additional “… departure of at least 700,000 Kosovo Albanians from Kosovo in the short period of time between the end of March and beginning of June 1999” ++ read more here: News Monitor 30.03.2011 / Broadcast Monitor 29.03.2011

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Thousands in Kosovo protest against arrest of former Albanian KLA combatants

kosprotPRISTINA, Kosovo ++ In 26 towns of Kosovo today occurred protest rejecting the arrest of former members of the KLA Brigade 121 by EULEX. About 200 NGOs make up the Coalition for Democracy. Protesters claimed EULEX arrests would intent damaging the reputation of Kosovo as well as supporting Serbia in ongoing negotiations.

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Economic unification ++ wealth disclosure ++ US-Balkans Business Summit ++

kusariPRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ the President of Kosovo is visiting Albania. He is accompanied by ministers from the Government of Kosovo as well as economic and business associations of Kosovo. Pacolli proposed economic unification between Albania and Kosovo … ++ Only 10 per cent of state officials have declared their wealth so far … ++ a Kosovo delegation, led by the Minister of Trade and Industry Mimoza-Kusari Lila, travelled to the U.S. to attend the US-Balkans Business Summit, which will be held on 23-24 March ++ … read more here …

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AAK failed ++ trial against KLA members ++ violating Law on Kosovo languages ++ Serb parallel structures

bw-kos-mapPRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ The AAK failed to collect the 30 required signatures from the MPs in order to ask for an interpretation from the Constitutional Court as to whether Kosovo President Pacolli violated the Constitution ++ The trial against former KLA members, suspected of committing war crimes, continued … The protected witness … said that he and his brother Anton were in a KLA camp in Kukes, Albania ++ The Council for Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms received a number of complaints from Gracanica, who say that this municipality issues documents only in (Cyrillic alphabet) Serbian language also to non-Serbian citizens ++ The chief of Serbia’s delegation for talks with Kosovo, visited on Monday north Mitrovica, … He met representatives of Serb parallel structures that operate in the northern Kosovo +++ Read more at the Broadcast Report 21.03.2011 and the News Monitor 22.03.2011

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